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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Clemens shuts down Marlins
MIAMI — Roger Clemens allowed four hits in seven shutout innings to win for the first time since April 8, and the Houston Astros broke an 11-game road losing streak by beating the Florida Marlins 2-1 Monday night

Baltimore shuts out Minnesota
BALTIMORE — Daniel Cabrera outpitched Carlos Silva, Miguel Tejada homered and drove in two runs, and the Baltimore Orioles ended the Minnesota Twins' four-game winning streak with a 3-0 victory Monday night.

Hampton's home run helps hammer Houston
ATLANTA — Mike Hampton pitched a two-hitter and homered, and rookie Ryan Langerhans had six RBIs as the Atlanta Braves completed a four-game sweep of Houston with a 16-0 win Sunday, the Astros' 11th straight road loss.

Sexon slam salvages Seattle split with Sox
BOSTON — Richie Sexson hit a wind-blown grand slam off Cla Meredith, who was making his major-league debut, and the Seattle Mariners beat Boston 6-4 in Sunday's second game to split their doubleheader and end a seven-game losing streak.

Focus on the uninsured...
About 50 people representing a broad cross section of the Central Peninsula community turned out for a public forum at the Soldotna Sports Center last week in honor of national Cover the Uninsured Week.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
Longer days, more sunshine and continued warmer weather seem to be the pattern our spring has taken this year. Despite a real need for rain to cut down on our fire risk this will be remembered as one of our mildest springs on record.

Mobile Aquatic Classroom inspires Sterling students...
With the final countdown to summer vacation underway, students across the Kenai Peninsula are taking advantage of the spring weather to take their classroom curriculums into the great outdoors of Alaska.

Alaska Balladeer Hobo Jim produces theme song for 2006 Arctic Winter Games...
The Kenai Peninsula 2006 Arctic Winter Games Host Society recently announced the official theme song of the upcoming Games.

Helping Mom May 11th...
May 11th may not be Mother's Day, but it is the day the Ramos family, owners of Don Jose's in Soldotna, is dedicating to help Helena Ramos raise funds to help offset the expense of a kidney transplant she will be having in September.

NOW PLAYING: Kingdom of Heaven
At first glance, it would seem audacious to make a movie about the Crusades, considering the world we currently find ourselves in. Couple the conflict in Iraq with the fact that seemingly every other able-bodied Muslim in the middle east seems to be waging jihad against a horde of infidels, and a film about Europe's invasion of the Holy Lands is either incredibly timely, or in very poor taste.

Increase in nuisance bears indicates population too large
Last night, for the third year in a row, brown bears busted into my mom and dad's chicken coop and killed their birds. They tore down a fence and actually broke out a window, climbed in and killed the ducks inside the coop. These are birds my kids helped raise from babies and named. They were pets that would come when you called them. The bears only left when my dad shot to frighten them away.

Foster parents play vital role for children
May is National Foster Care Month, and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' Office of Children's Services is taking this opportunity to thank foster parents for working every day to care for Alaska children and families. By opening their homes and hearts, foster parents play a vital role in healing children and families in crisis.

Clarion misses boat on Red Hatters parade
On April 25, the Kenai Chapter Kenai River Reds (Some Pinks) ... And We Ain't Salmon Red Hatters held a parade to celebrate the birthday of the Red Hat Society. It was to be a fun event — a parade with honorary Red Hatter Kenai Mayor Pat Porter, a potluck at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Oh what a grand time they had, as only a Red Hatter can have.

Nikiski
Good morning. Something to think about: "I can't imagine a person becoming a success who doesn't give this game of life everything he's got." Walter Cronkite

Kasilof
Greetings from busy Kasilof. A tip for folks traveling through Kasilof: Construction zone signs where up by the Kasilof River Park and boat launch last week, alerting motorists of slow moving trucks entering the roadway. It is hard to miss all the heavy equipment at the park.

Kenai
Hello, neighbors. Funny how fast our opinions and priorities change, isn't it? For instance, just a month ago we were wanting the snow to all melt away so we could see the grass and the thawed countryside again. Then last week we were all tsk-tsk-tsking because of the forest fires and the litter everywhere. Here is a chance to help with the latter.

Soldotna
Ah, spring. It's time to clean up again and the Soldotna seniors will give out cleanup bags from 1 to 3 p.m. all this week at the Soldotna Safeway store. Our seniors have been doing this for over 10 years now at that location.

Cooper Landing
Hello. The Cooper Landing Advisory Planning Commission meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the community hall. Member Jon James said they'd like to see more people come to their meetings.

Ninilchik
Hi, neighbors. As I gleaned news from around town for my first column, I realized more than ever what great neighbors Ninilchik has. I feel blessed to have been a part of this community for the past 10 years, and I'm looking forward to meeting new neighbors as I get to know more of you through writing this column.

Sterling
Hi, neighbors. Betty Hendricks tells me she and her husband, Dick, have two grandsons serving in the Marine Corps. L/Cpl Ross St. John is serving in Iraq with the 4th Recon Battalion. Ross is a graduate of Bartlett High School in Anchorage and is the son of Alan and Jeanine St. John of Anchorage.

Digging in
Jeff Hanson, foreman and track hoe operator for North Star Paving, excavates behind Central Peninsula General Hospital on Friday. NorthStar Paving and Construction, subcontractor to Alcan General Inc., is doing the final detail excavation for the hospital addition, which will include surgery suites, a clinical laboratory, sleep study labs and an intensive care unit. The expansion will add approximately 82,000 square feet to CPGH.

Economic development group enters new stage
A program to promote economic development in the city of Kenai entered a new phase Monday. A newly formed steering committee for the Kenai Economic Development Strategy started meeting to execute an economic development plan that has been in the planning stages for more than a year.

Sun won't set again in Barrow until Aug. 2
BARROW (AP) — When the sun rises today in the continent's northernmost community, it will stay up for nearly three months.

Bell rings for after school program
Students at four of five sites of Soldotna's After the Bell program will have to find a new place for homework help and enrichment programs next year. The primarily homework and tutoring program will be less available next school year due to a lack of funding.

Man charged for trying to kill estranged wife
A Soldotna man was indicted by a Kenai Grand Jury on Friday for allegedly attempting to murder his estranged wife. Arne K. Tikka, 44, was charged with one count of first-degree attempted murder and one count of third-degree assault, allegedly committed May 2.

Driven to shine
Attention to detail is the name of the game when it comes to classic cars. Jeff Wilson of Kenai cleans and cares for his 1969 Chevy Nova so thoroughly he can see his own reflection in it. Wilson's car was one of many entered in the Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions' show held in Kenai on Saturday.

Employment keeps rising
Annual net job increases have been a feature of the state's economy since 1988, and short of a major crisis, that isn't going to change, say analysts with the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Man charged with shooting cop to stand trial this month
The judge in the David Forster case met with attorneys Thursday to iron out details of courtroom procedure for the upcoming murder trial set to begin during the week of May 16. Forster is charged with fatally shooting Kenai Police Officer John Watson on Christmas 2003.

Green grass or green cash?
Kenai residents will soon have a chance to weigh in on whether to allow limited commercial development on a prime piece of real estate just east of the city's main business district.

Accused antler thief locks horns with court
A 22-year-old Soldotna man was arraigned last week in Kenai District Court on second-degree burglary and first-degree theft charges in connection with the theft of nearly $70,000 in moose, caribou and elk antlers.

Laid off Agrium workers in line for federal help
Agrium employees have qualified for federal benefits granted to workers who lose jobs because of pressures from foreign competition.

Greenpeace chief denies responsibility in spill law violations
KETCHIKAN (AP) — The chief operating officer of Greenpeace Inc. said her organization bears no responsibility for a ship that operated under the organization's banner in Alaska waters without a spill prevention plan.

Ruby Hales
Kenai resident Ruby Hales died peacefully in her sleep Saturday, April 30, 2005. She was 57.

Kenneth M. Street
Kenai resident Kenneth M. Street died Monday, May 9, 2005, at his home. He was 56.

Ronnie E. Longan
Nikiski resident Ronnie E. Longan died Sunday, May 8, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 64.

Ethhics law doesn't need silence clause
How quickly the Senate majority has forgotten what reform of state ethics laws is all about.

Lisa's reluctance to ban filibuster tactic applauded
What's so distasteful about trying to reach a compromise, about trying to work out a problem so as to avoid an outcome that will give immediate satisfaction to one group but that might cause long-term damage overall? Nothing.

Community Events
Foster family picnic slated Military support group forming Host families needed Letter carriers' food drive is Saturday Gardening classes continue Nursing home to celebrate residents, staff Peninsula fair booked Pop Warner meeting planned Birds of a feather to gather Dinner, auction benefit slated

Births
Brittanie and Jacob Cole oof Soldotna Judith and Eric Fischer of Kasilof Chelsea Kaas and Sovala Kisena of Kenai Melissa and Chris Lopez Eric and Katrina Nelson of Nikiski Kristina Pace and Tim Kirsch of Kenai

Peninsula people
Adams graduates from UAA Hagen honored Homer cleanup winners announced Students named to college honor roll Lewis joins Navy Moerlein aces math Nusunginya recognized for community service Rohr graduates hospital corps Taylor joins Navy Wisniewski graduates from college Quilters 'foster' love

Around the Peninsula
'Pops' concert today Fire training scheduled Women voters to discuss health care Multiple sclerosis group to meet Relay team captain meeting slated Trash-treasure-bake sale set Community patrol resumes Retirement open house planned

Community schools
Soldotna Homer

Senior Briefs
Homer senior, Friendship centers Kenai Seward Soldotna Sterling

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Seward Soldotna Sterling

SoHi girls earn berth in conference tourney
The Soldotna girls soccer team defeated host Skyview 3-1 Monday in a crucial Northern Lights Conference-Southern Division matchup.

Donovan, L.A. shoot past Rapids
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Landon Donovan scored two goals on penalty kicks in the final 4 minutes of regulation, leading the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rapids on Sunday night.

Spurs ground SuperSonics
SAN ANTONIO — Shortly after losing two of their best players, the Seattle SuperSonics had all but lost the game. And it wasn't even halftime yet.

Heat walk past Wizards
MIAMI — They gave away a big lead, turned the ball over often, got nothing resembling dominance from either Shaquille O'Neal or Dwyane Wade, and kept sending the Washington Wizards to the foul line.

Phoenix's Nash named NBA MVP
PHOENIX — Steve Nash invited all of his Phoenix Suns teammates up to the podium when he accepted the NBA's most valuable player award Sunday.

What's a Giacomo?
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Still trying to figure out how Giacomo pulled off the second biggest upset in Kentucky Derby history?

Uh-oh, Sergio!
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Vijay Singh took advantage of a record-tying collapse by Sergio Garcia and an untimely mistake by Jim Furyk, rallying from six shots behind with a 6-under 66 and winning the Wachovia Championship on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday.

Nadal's clay run continues
ROME — Maybe it's all the bananas and cola Rafael Nadal chugs down during changeovers that keeps him going, chasing down ball after ball in 17 straight clay-court victories.

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